Author: James O'Brien

New York Islanders v Winnipeg Jets

NHL will hold Monday hearing with Evander Kane


Winnipeg Jets forward Evander Kane will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety for his check from behind on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.

There was no clarification regarding whether it’s in person or over the phone, but one would assume that it would be the latter considering the quick turnaround (it’s scheduled for today).

Here’s video of that hit on Stoner, which drew a five-minute major for checking from behind as well as a game misconduct:

Kane, 23, hasn’t been suspended before in his NHL career.

Luongo passed Belfour for fourth all-time in saves this weekend

Roberto Luongo

Roberto Luongo achieved a milestone this weekend, and it wasn’t about foiling the Buffalo Sabres once again. He now ranks fourth all-time in saves with 22,438, passing Hall-of-Famer Ed Belfour in the process.

One can fathom that Luongo’s seasons with the Florida Panthers play the biggest role, as Luongo remarkably reached this many saves in far fewer games played (823) than Belfour (963).

As you can see from the three guys ahead of him, it won’t be easy to advance higher up this list:

1. Martin Brodeur: 28,810
2. Patrick Roy: 25,807
3. Curtis Joseph: 24,279
4. Luongo: 22,438

If you take a straight average of his 22,438 saves in 823 games, he makes about 27 stops per night, so it would take quite a while to get by Cujo and Roy (as usual with Brodeur, it’s tough to imagine people breaking his records).

Evgeni Nabokov is the second-highest ranked active player on the all-time list, coming in at No. 18 with 16,680 saves.

Hall of Fame voters probably don’t look at a goalie’s volume of saves when considering his merits, yet this is another bullet point on Luongo’s resume.

PHT Morning Skate: Phil Kessel’s weird holiday outfit and Brent Burns’ love of pizza


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Mats Sundin as a member of the Vancouver Canucks and four other things that maybe shouldn’t have happened. (The Hockey News)

Before you get too excited about Martin Brodeur’s first win with the St. Louis Blues … (Sportsnet)

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Here’s hoping Brent Burns begins a trend of people eating pizza while being interviewed. No, not just in hockey or sports … even in job interviews.

(The video itself is old, but his tendency to do so caused a stir. Really though, are you going to complain about seeing that?)

This goalie celebration is something else. (Puck Daddy)

Quite a throwback sight: Wayne Gretzky in a big fur coat. (Pucks, Guts & Glory)

There’s just … a lot to take in as far as Phil Kessel’s holiday-themed outfit goes, via Dion Phaneuf’s Instagram account. Is it more funny or disturbing?


Leafs ponder best ways to rest battered Kessel

Nashville Predators v Toronto Maple Leafs

Despite all the jersey-chucking and drama, the Toronto Maple Leafs are pretty comfortably in a playoff spot, at least at this moment. The franchise knows how quickly such fortunes can change, which makes handling Phil Kessel’s injury situation that much trickier.

It’s no secret that he’s not feeling well, even if his particular ailments are unclear.

TSN’s Mark Masters reported on Saturday that Kessel admitted his health “has been better.” He may, in fact, be dealing with multiple issues, according to HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman.

The 27-year-old’s minutes were limited during last night’s 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks, and the Leafs would be wise to monitor this situation until he’s closer to 100 percent.

Their schedule makes it a little challenging, though.

The good news is that he gets a nice break right now, as they don’t play again until Toronto hosts the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. The bad news is that the Maple Leafs’ schedule is heavy on back-to-back sets in the near future.

Here they are:

Dec. 9 vs. Calgary; Dec. 10 at Detroit

Dec. 13 vs. Detroit; Dec. 14 vs. Los Angeles

Dec. 20 vs. Philadelphia; Dec. 21 at Chicago

Jan. 2 at Minnesota; Jan. 3 at Winnipeg

Granted, he could heal up quite a bit in the next few days or couple of weeks (at least by “everyone gets beat up during an 82-game season” standards), yet perhaps the Maple Leafs should tread lightly in some of these back-to-back sets.

Being without their best scorer doesn’t sound appealing for a team that still seems set on “bubble” status, yet one positive sign is that they’re not depending as much on that top line, which is a point TSN’s Jonas Siegel has been hammering on quite a bit.

Would it be wise for Toronto to let Kessel heal up or is not worth risking crucial standings points in doing so?

Video: Evander Kane gets ejected for checking Clayton Stoner from behind


Winnipeg Jets winger Evander Kane received a game misconduct and five-minute checking from behind major for a hit on Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner on Sunday.

Stoner dropped the gloves with Kane after the hit, generating a two-minute roughing minor. We’ll see if the Ducks take advantage of a three-minute power play as a result.

Here’s video of the hit:

Kane, 23, hasn’t been suspended during his NHL career, even with a very physical style. We’ll see if that changes.